Distinguished academic Ted Wolfers’ groundbreaking book, Race Relations and Colonial Rule in Papua New Guinea, has just been republished, forty years after the first edition appeared. Based on a Newsletter that Dr. Wolfers wrote in the then Territory of Papua and New Guinea while an ICWA Fellow from 1967-71, the book is testimony to the unexpected and life-transforming quality of the Fellowship. The research, lived experiences, and conversations which inform the book provided vital background to Wolfers’ later role as Permanent Consultant to Papua New Guinea’s pre-independence Constitutional Planning Committee in the run-up to sovereign independence in 1975. Wolfers was awarded the first PhD in Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Papua New Guinea. Race Relations and Colonial Rule in Papua New Guinea has continued to inform the author’s subsequent roles as university teacher, supervisor and researcher, and as consultant on diverse policies to successive Governments of Papua New Guinea (and elsewhere). The book has been widely used for scholarly research and tertiary-level courses which address the racism and colonialism in the history, politics and governance of Papua New Guinea. Wolfers is Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
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